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Flights to Cairns in 2021

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 8% potential price rise
Cheapest inMayBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$712Average for round-trip flights in September 2021
Round-trip from$849From Auckland Intl to Cairns
One-way from$14One-way flight from Auckland Intl (AKL) to Cairns (CNS)

Cairns 2021 flight deals

Cheap flights to Cairns found for this year
23 Dec - 18 Jun
$849pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
AKL
Auckland Intl
23 Dec - 18 Jun
$871pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Multiple airlines
 
1 STOP
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Air New Zealand
Direct
AKL
Auckland Intl
23 Dec - 18 Jun
$945pp
AKL
Auckland Intl
Multiple airlines
   
2 STOPS
CNS
Cairns
CNS
Cairns
Jetstar
 
1 STOP
AKL
Auckland Intl

Cheapest prices for Cairns flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Cairns found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
January
$686
February
$602
March
$608
April
$708
May
$653
June
$625
July
$649
August
$686
September
$663
October
$656
November
$602
December
$679
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Cairns is currently November; with April being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Cairns Airport?

Average Cairns flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
AKL - CNS
Price
$602 - $981
CNS
Temperature
26 - 31 °C
CNS
Precipitation
27 - 436 mm

Peak season

Cairns has a tropical climate which is divided into a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ season, with the peak tourist season coinciding with the ‘dry’ season and the Australian winter months of June through to August. Not only are domestic tourists heading north to escape the cold weather in the south of Australia, but many European and North American visitors arrive on their long annual vacation.

Lower temperatures and humidity during this period do make sightseeing much more pleasant, however, and there is far less rainfall or chance of cyclones. In addition, there are no ‘stinger’ jellyfish in the water, meaning you can swim on the beaches and go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef relatively care free.

Off season

September is a great time to visit if you want to take advantage of off season deals while the weather is still at its best, but by October things start to heat up and thunderstorms are common in the lead up to the monsoon rains. From November to May cyclones can be expected and the highest rainfall normally occurs during the Australian summer months of December through to February.

The advantage of visiting during this period is not only great accommodation and flight deals, but also seeing the waterfalls and rivers of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation rainforests in all their glory, as well as fantastic white water rafting on the Tully River. Diving is also excellent on the Great Barrier at this time, with calm winds and excellent visibility.

If you want to avoid the majority of the rains and the crowds, then opt to travel in April/May at the start of the ‘dry’ season when some cheap flight tickets are often found.

When is the best time to book a flight to Cairns?

When booking flights to Cairns, try and do so as early as possible to get the best flight deals, particularly if you are traveling during any of the Australian or New Zealand school holiday periods. Keep in mind that the winter months of June through to August are an incredibly popular time to be in the far north of Australia and cheap flights to Cairns and accommodation deals can be difficult to find.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

Saturday is currently, on average, the cheapest day to fly to Cairns. Flying on Sunday will result in higher flight prices.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Cairns?

Flights in the morning are typically the cheapest time of the day to fly to Cairns. Flights at midday are usually the most expensive.

How long is the flight to Cairns?

Flights from Auckland to Cairns – 6 hours.

Flights from Christchurch to Cairns – 8 hours 25 minutes.

Flights from Wellington to Cairns – 8 hours 20 minutes.

Flights from Queenstown to Cairns – 9 hours 20 minutes.

Which airlines operate flights to Cairns?

You can get direct flights to Cairns from Auckland with Philippine Airlines who fly the route four times a week, or opt to connect through Brisbane with Qantas or Virgin Australia who both offer onward flights to Cairns. From Christchurch and Wellington there are a number of different airline combinations to choose from, including Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, all of which connect through either Sydney or Brisbane. Virgin generally offers the cheapest flights to Cairns, but good deals can be found with the other airlines if you book early.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

The Cairns Airport is located around 7 kilometres to the northwest of the Cairns CBD in the suburb of Aeroglen. There is a public bus that services the airport, connecting passengers at Sheridan Street with services going both north and south, and tickets can be bought at kiosks within the airport terminal.

A more expensive, but hassle-free, option is the airport shuttle bus that takes you directly to your hotel door. No pre-booking is required and you can buy your tickets at the counters located within the terminal building.

The fastest, but most expensive, route into the city is with a metered taxi which depart from ranks outside the Cairns Airport terminal and will have you in the CBD in around 10 minutes. They offer wheel chair capable vehicles and electronic payment facilities, and you can either pre-book or just turn up.

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What airport do you fly into for flights to Cairns?

Most people fly into Cairns (CNS) if they book a flight to Cairns. Cairns is conveniently located just 4.4 km from Cairns’s city centre.

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